Conservative insurgent Patrick Buchanan, overwhelmed by President Bush in a string of Super Tuesday primaries, reiterated Wednesday that his campaign will go the distance, but he also ruled out a third party presidential campaign if he fails to win the GOP nomination.
Buchanan had been hoping one of the six Southern Republican primary states would provide him with a breakthrough win against Bush. And, while Bush beat him handily in all states, Buchanan continued to pull a strong enough protest vote - as much as 32 percent in Florida - to keep his campaign alive.In an interview on the ABC "Good Morning America" program Wednesday Buchanan conceded that Bush "is winning the delegates, but I think we are winning the national debate."
He said that despite Bush's delegate strength, he intends to take his campaign all the way to the California primary June 2.
"There's a number of issues that still have to be made . . . and we're still part of that debate," Buchanan said.
Asked if he would run as an independent or in a third party should the Republican National Convention in August nominate Bush, Buchanan said, "I have said . . . that if you run through the primaries of your party and you lose in a fair fight, you sort of have a moral obligation to support the winner and endorse him, and I intend to endorse the winner at the Republican convention and do my best to see that a Republican is elected in November."
Pressed on a third party or independent candidacy, Buchanan said, "Not in 1992, for sure."